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Japanese: Eel

Kawagoe Ichinoya Description

Located in Kawagoe, Japan, Kawagoe Ichinoya is a renowned restaurant specializing in eel dishes and premium Japanese sake. The restaurant has been certified for its exceptional foam quality, ensuring a delightful drinking experience. Kawagoe Ichinoya takes pride in its meticulous quality control, enhancing the aroma and richness of 'The Premium Malt's' beer to the fullest extent through dedicated glassware and pouring techniques.

At Kawagoe Ichinoya, guests can indulge in a variety of eel dishes that are expertly prepared to perfection. From tender and flavorful grilled eel to savory eel rice bowls, each dish showcases the delicate balance of sweet and savory flavors that Japanese cuisine is known for. Pair your meal with a selection of fine Japanese sake to elevate your dining experience. The restaurant's cozy and inviting ambiance, combined with its focus on quality ingredients and traditional cooking methods, sets Kawagoe Ichinoya apart as a must-visit destination for eel enthusiasts and food connoisseurs alike.

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Kawagoe Ichinoya Overview


1-chome-18-10 Matsuechō, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0056


+81 (0) 49-222-0354


10 minute walk from Hon-Kawagoe Station

Operating Hours

Sun: 11:00AM-9:00PM
Mon: Closed
Tue: 11:00AM-9:00PM
Wed: 11:00AM-9:00PM
Thur: 11:00AM-9:00PM
Fri: 11:00AM-9:00PM
Sat: 11:00AM-9:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Restaurant Features

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted

Wine List

Wheelchair Accessible




Private Dining Room

Sake Selection

Kawagoe Ichinoya Reviews

Kawagoe Ichinoya Google Average Rating



The Eel Fish was very soft & tender
Savoury soya sauce that has a smoky flavour
Totally different from what i had back home.
Worth a try and there is another way to enjoy the unagi by pouring clear soup to your rice


Ichinoya is a famous Unagi restaurant in Kawagoe. We came all the way from Tokyo one day to have try it, as a friend of mine lives in Saitama so it was convenient for him to meet us. The ambiance is like you are in someone’s family home, and the walls are decorated with the autographs of all the famous Japanese celebrities who have visited. The unagi was very good, albeit a little pricey (about 4000-6000 depending on how many pieces you want). However, according to my Japanese friends that I went with, they said that the pieces aren’t as thick as they used to be and the price has gone up. Regardless, if you’re headed to Kawagoe, it’s definitely worth trying this place if you like unagi, although if you live in Tokyo, you can find other just as good and equally famous places in the city – so no need to come this far just to eat unagi. Do not forget to make a reservation!


Best Unagi I ever had in my life. Please come to try. Usually they have a long line waiting to be seated. Reservation if you can. They have writing cue at the entrance and waiting area are comfortable. English menu are available. Staffs are busy and sometime cannot come to the table. Food are really good. Most of the dishes are Unagi if you don't like it I recommend not to come.


The best Kabayaki I've ever tried in my life. Its usually not my fav menu but this place changed my mind. The service is super


Best anago and unagi in my life 🤣 really love it and the soup smells yuzu not a regular miso soup I ever had. Crispy skin not too thick and the fish is so fresh 😘 professional at Unagi and anago

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